A Silver Alert is a public notification system in the United States to broadcast information about missing persons – especially senior citizens with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other mental disabilities – in order to aid in their being found.
Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets – such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable television – to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways to alert motorists to be on the lookout for missing seniors. In cases in which a missing person is believed to be missing on foot, Silver Alerts have used Reverse 911 or other emergency notification systems to notify nearby residents of the neighborhood surrounding the missing person's last known location.
A Silver Alert can be activated for a missing person 65 or older when:
- Police have taken a missing-persons report and exhausted all other resources.
- The person is in imminent danger due to health or other issues.
- The new laws will allow DPS to use its emergency-alert signs.
Silver Alert information will also be issued to the media, including social media, for further dissemination to the public.